I think that you will find this touching presentation is appropriate to consider in our troubling times
I feel that you might especially enjoy the contents of this blog. It relates to what might have been the circumstances from which all ‘things’ emanated. In particular it presents scientific evidence that there is underlying hidden-patterns in nature (probably including wider reality too) that might help us to better understand where life forms originated from and what their meaning might be. There is about ninety minutes viewing and reading material in this blog. You will probably find that some of the science related ideas presented are complex but at the same time this complexity is moderated by easier to understand philosophy.
In my opinion this video is impressive. It argues that reflective equations postulated by Turing predicted the underlying chaotic nature of the ‘reality’ of our universe and that they are real. It also states how nature self organizes itself into beautiful patterns (like fractals) and Fibonacci numbers in plant structures and pattern formation in animal markings which seem to come from nowhere. The distinguished physicist Edward N. Lorenz talks about this weird anomaly in nature and explains his scientific experiments as follows:
“At one point I decided to repeat some of the computations in order to examine what was happening in greater detail. I stopped the computer, typed in a line of numbers that it had printed out a while earlier, and set it running again. I went down the hall for a cup of coffee and returned after about an hour, during which time the computer had simulated about two months of weather. The numbers being printed were nothing like the old ones. I immediately suspected a weak vacuum tube or some other computer trouble, which was not uncommon, but before calling for service I decided to see just where the mistake had occurred, knowing that this could speed up the servicing process. Instead of a sudden break, I found that the new values at first repeated the old ones, but soon afterward differed by one and then several units in the last decimal place, and then began to differ in the next to the last place and then in the place before that. In fact, the differences more or less steadily doubled in size every four days or so, until all resemblance with the original output disappeared somewhere in the second month. This was enough to tell me what had happened: the numbers that I had typed in were not the exact original numbers, but were the rounded-off values that had appeared in the original printout. The initial round-off errors were the culprits; they were steadily amplifying until they dominated the solution.” (E. N. Lorenz, The Essence of Chaos, U. Washington Press, Seattle (1993), page 134)
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I see the video links below as providing an unusual evening of entertainment for you and your friends. I will let you discover what I consider to be the diverse and fascinating range of videos that I have selected for you.
Cultural and society
Close to being unbelievable